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Gohmert’s Statement on President Trump Declaring a ‘National Emergency’ on the Southern Border

Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) issued the following statement today regarding President Trump’s announcement to declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border:

“Today President Trump used his existing and clear legal authority to declare a national emergency at the Southern Border. Right now, there is a blatant invasion happening at our border. The influx of illegal immigration places the lives of Americans at risk by bringing in deadly drugs, ongoing violence and heinous sex trafficking. Sadly, cartels, drug traffickers and dangerous gangs have taken advantage of our porous borders for their own profit. This must end now.”

“Thankfully, we have a President who understands that it is vital that we take the appropriate action needed to secure this country with a border barrier. Once again, President Trump is keeping his promises to the American people. It is important to note that since 1976, U.S. Presidents have declared nearly 60 national emergencies. As most Democrats in Congress have said at one time or another in other situations, this executive action is necessary for our own national security as the humanitarian thing to do. The State of Texas should also consider a similar declaration.”

“It is unfortunate and frankly appalling that some Democrats in Congress have obstructed our Commander-in-Chief from securing this nation’s borders. They have clearly placed their political agenda before the protection of precious American lives. That is absolutely atrocious. America and her citizens deserve to have a homeland that is secure, and all of us in Congress have a duty to provide that security. We can be thankful we have a President who takes that same obligation to heart.”